According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), motorcycle-related deaths have been on a steady incline in the United States since the mid-90s. In 2016, motorcycle fatalities made up 12.3 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in Indiana. This translates to 100 motorcyclist deaths in Indiana in 2016 and, according to GHSA’s preliminary reports, that number is rising. At the time the report was released, there had been 144 motorcyclist fatalities in Indiana in 2017, representing an increase of 44 percent from the previous year.
Unfortunately, when bikers are involved in collisions, they tend to suffer the majority of injuries. They also tend to be more severely injured than people in passenger vehicles, largely due to the fact that motorcyclists are relatively unprotected. While negative stereotypes about bikers still persist, the fact remains that most motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of another motorist.
If you or your loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call Wagner Reese at (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
There are certain steps that motorcyclists can take to help ensure that when they share the road with other vehicles, that they facilitate safe riding. These steps include measures such as never riding after drinking alcohol or using drugs- illegal or prescription, wear protective and reflective clothing, ride responsibly, and always wearing a helmet that is Department of Transportation approved.
That being said, most motorcycle wrecks are not caused by the biker, but by another motorist. All too often, drivers in passenger vehicles, delivery trucks, and even big rigs fail to properly look out for motorcyclists.
Other common causes of motorcycle accidents that can be attributed to negligence include:
- Distracted driving
- Operating while intoxicated (OWI)
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Following too closely (“tailgating”)
- Illegal lane changes
- Turning into an oncoming biker’s path
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Cellphone use/texting while driving
- Fatigued driving
- Road rage
- Defective motorcycle parts
- Faulty safety gear (including helmets)
- Dangerous road conditions/design
When investigating motorcycle accident claims, our firm works with a team of experts, such as accident reconstruction specialists, in order to determine how the collision occurred and who is liable. From there, our motorcycle accident attorneys in Indianapolis can help you fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed.
Contact Wagner Reese Today
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you likely have a lot of questions. How did this happen? Will you be able to recover from your injuries? Will you miss work or lose your job? What do you do now?
At Wagner Reese, we are here to help you and your family navigate the legal process. We understand just how complex these claims can be, which is why our Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyers offer personalized legal representation backed by more than 150+ years of combined experience.
Reach out to our team today for a complimentary case evaluation. Call (888) 204-8440 or submit an online contact form to get started.